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Mens Rea: A true crime podcast

Mens Rea: A true crime podcast

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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind". Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. ...Show More
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47:20 | Aug 6th, 2017

In the year 1984, Ireland was a very different place. Contraception, Abortion and Divorce were illegal. The country was dogged by religious conservatism and was facing into a terrible recession. Amidst this, the body of a baby boy was found on a beac...Show More

1:15:55 | Sep 1st

A man is hanged for the murder of his child, and presumed to be the his wife's murderer, too. But three years later, in the same house that the couple had lived, more bodies were found. Six More.  Including the wife of the man who had been the Crown'...Show More

1:34:44 | Aug 18th

In March of 2002, Milly Dowler went missing. She was 13 years old and had been walking home after school that afternoon, down a busy road in a familiar area, near to her middle class home. Despite efforts by Surrey police to locate her there were no ...Show More

45:54 | Aug 4th

In 1987, Brian McGrath disappeared. His wife, Vera, said he'd gone to Holland to find work. That he was abusive and delusional. But 6 years later, their eldest daughter Veronica told police that her mother, and her fiance at the time, had beaten Bria...Show More

1:08:29 | Jul 21st

Bobby Ryan was a well known and well loved figure in Tipperary. He was a local DJ, known as Mr moonlight, in addition to his work in the local quarry. He was divorced, with two grown up children and in 2011, he was dating a local widow - Mary Lowry. ...Show More

36:55 | Jul 21st

Bobby Ryan was a well known and well loved figure in Tipperary. He was a local DJ, known as Mr moonlight, in addition to his work in the local quarry. He was divorced, with two grown up children and in 2011, he was dating a local widow - Mary Lowry. ...Show More

53:51 | Jul 7th

Casper Wyoming is a quiet town. But in 1973, it was marred by an horrific crime. Two girls, sisters - Becky Thompson and Amy Burridge - were snatched off the street, attacked and driven 35 miles to an iron bridge over Fremont Canyon. Then the two men...Show More

47:11 | Jun 23rd

Women have been disappearing from, or ending up found dead in, the Wicklow Mountains for over 30 years. In this bonus episode we look at a man that is suspected to have committed some of these abductions and murders,  look back on a number of unsolve...Show More

58:36 | Jun 9th

In the summer of 2000, 8 year old Sarah Payne was out playing in the evening sunshine with her two older brothers and her little sister. After falling, she ran out of the field and into a lane to head back to her grandparents with brother Lee followi...Show More

1:12:45 | May 26th

Celine Cawley was a model, a former bond girl, an advertising producer and a successful business owner. But in December of 2008, she was attacked in her own home and died of her injuries. Her husband, Eamonn Lillis, said that there had been an intrud...Show More

49:02 | May 12th

In April of 2015, two countries were gripped by the disappearance of a 24 year old nurse. Karen Buckley, from Co. Cork had gone on a night out in Glasgow's busy West End. But she didn't return home. Quickly a police search for the missing woman was u...Show More

1:11:10 | Apr 28th

In September of 2006, Melissa Mahon (14) went missing in Sligo Town. She was supposed to in the care of the Health Service, but she had developed a habit of running away. That summer, she had met some new friends. The Dunbar girls. And through them, ...Show More

1:02:24 | Apr 14th

In 1988, a routine flight took off from London Heathrow. It was the second leg of a transatlantic flight that would stop in JFK, before heading even further west, to Detroit. In fact, Flight 103 had started off in Frankfurt. But something got on the ...Show More

1:10:59 | Mar 31st

Early on a December morning, in 1992, Suzanne Capper (16) was found wandering on a quiet laneway south of Manchester. She was half naked, and her body had been burned badly. She was brought to hospital, but died 4 days later of her injuries. It quick...Show More

47:51 | Mar 17th

It's St Patrick's day. Worldwide, buildings are being "greened". Shamrock shakes are being consumed. Guinness is being poured, and we're drowning the shamrock. But, this time of year sees a lot of bad behaviour. Some directly as a result of our celeb...Show More

1:18:36 | Mar 3rd

In 2002, two ten year old girls - Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman - went missing in the quiet and idyllic English town of Soham. It quickly became apparent that the girls had not simply wandered off. What followed was two week search for them, and th...Show More

1:16:11 | Feb 17th

On Friday the 22nd September 2012, Jill Meagher left work after a long week and went out for a night on the town in her adopted home of Melbourne, Australia. She spent the evening in a number of bars and pubs with work friends. But that night, there ...Show More

1:02:32 | Feb 3rd

In October 1971, on a rural lane south of the village of Ratoath, Co Meath, Una Lynsky disappeared while walking a short distance from a bus stop to her home. Around that time, screams were heard and a strange car was seen driving up and down the lan...Show More

1:13:17 | Jan 20th

On the afternoon of the 6th January, 2005 Robert Holohan rode his brand new silver BMX bike down his drive and out onto the roads of Ballyedmond, a townland north of Midleton in rural East Cork. When Robert didn't return home that evening, and had ...Show More

54:55 | Jan 6th

The small town of Ada Oklahoma was rocked in the early 80s by two unrelated murders of young women in the town. But by the mid 90s, that would change. The town would come under scrutiny for miscarriages of justice, where two and possibly more men wer...Show More

46:07 | Jan 6th

The small town of Ada Oklahoma was rocked in the early 80s by two unrelated murders of young women in the town. But by the mid 90s, that would change. The town would come under scrutiny for miscarriages of justice, where two and possibly more men wer...Show More

25:39 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Happy Holidays! As a special bonus and thank you, this patreon-exclusive episode is now out for everyone to listen to. Thank you for sticking with me through 2018, and wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous New Year! In this episode, we t...Show More

1:10:11 | Dec 23rd, 2018

In 2006, Sharon Collins decided that what she had wasn’t enough. She was a divorced mother of two, living with a long term partner, PJ Howard, who also had two sons. He also owned a multi-million euro property business, which he wanted to pass to his...Show More

41:51 | Dec 9th, 2018

The small town of Ballygar was shocked when 73 year old bachelor farmer William Mannion was found stabbed to death on his kitchen floor. A local youth was responsible. He was brought to trial, found guilty and received the mandatory life sentence. Ho...Show More

51:00 | Nov 25th, 2018

In 1852, Sarah Maria Louisa Kirwan was found dead at the Long Hole on Ireland's Eye as the tide receded. Her husband, William, had been painting a sunset scene of the Dublin Mountains and told the boatmen who returned to get them from the craggy isla...Show More

56:56 | Nov 11th, 2018

In the final episode on the life and crimes of Archibald (Roy) Hall, we chart his activities over the final months of 1977 and into 1978. He had gone from butler and thief to murderer, when he turned against his lover and ex con David Wright. But tha...Show More

53:42 | Nov 11th, 2018

In the first of a two part series, we take a look back on the life and crimes of Archibald Thompson Hall, aka Roy Hall, aka Roy Fontaine, the monster butler. Roy was born to a working class family in Glasgow, and from an early age wanted to live an e...Show More

37:02 | Oct 28th, 2018

On the morning of Wednesday, 27th January 2010, 45 year old mother of four Fiona Donnison walked into a police station in Heathfield, East Sussex. She was distressed, had what appeared to be self inflicted wounds and was making little sense. But then...Show More

51:07 | Oct 14th, 2018

In 1954, Nurse Catherine Cooper (64) lived and worked in Limerick city as a home sister, visiting the ill and infirm at their bedsides. She was originally from County Clare, but had spent much of her working life in London, until the outbreak of Worl...Show More

1:09:21 | Sep 30th, 2018

In December 1989, the Hastie home on Selby Street in Hull caught fire in the early hours of the morning. Three of Hastie boys would die of their injuries. It was apparent from the beginning that the fire was arson: there were matches left and a trail...Show More

17:51 | Sep 25th, 2018

Since the founding of the United States, in every generation, in every field of business, politics, sports and society, we’ve watched in shock as corruption, deceit and desire bring down heroes, titans and those we thought we could trust.In the after...Show More

51:44 | Sep 16th, 2018

In 2002, Colin Norris was a young man at the beginning of his career in his chosen field of nursing. But the sudden death of an elderly patient, Ethel Hall, who had been under his care prompted a police investigation which scrutinised the 18 months t...Show More

50:25 | Sep 2nd, 2018

The year 1998 was a particularly difficult one for the small town of Omagh, in Northern Ireland. There finally seemed to be a workable plan in place to bring about the beginning of a peace process, but along with that, emotions were heightened.Just d...Show More

1:29:44 | Aug 19th, 2018

Veronica Guerin took on Ireland's booming gangland criminals in 1994, who were flooding the country with cannabis and other illegal substances and engaging in an all out war with their competitors. When she approached John Gilligan, the man in charge...Show More

1:26:06 | Aug 5th, 2018

In the 1990's, Ireland saw a boom in organised crime and the importation of drugs that it had not experienced before. Criminals set themselves up at the head of drugs empires and reaped the benefit of their crimes to the tune of millions of pounds a ...Show More

1:17:34 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Between the early 1920s and the 1950s, Ireland was a newly established developing country. The state and its society were going through many changes, and many growing pains. The establishment and new politicians were anxious to present Ireland as a g...Show More

52:39 | Jul 8th, 2018

This week, we take another trip back in time and have a look at three vintage murders. First, we crack open the 1832 autobiographical account of John Holloway, who murdered his first wife Celia and buried her body, hidden in a trunk, down a lovers la...Show More

1:04:01 | Jun 24th, 2018

In honour of Pride month, and with the Dublin Pride Parade only a week away, this episode discusses the tragic case of the beating death of Declan Flynn in Fairview Park in 1983. Declan was a victim of a gang known to stalk the park at night, "queer ...Show More

3:26:54 | Jun 11th, 2018

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1:01:29 | Jun 10th, 2018

Thomas Hamilton was a loner. He decided to dedicate his life to running boys' clubs to keep kids off the street, but its quite likely he had ulterior motives for this. His strange, erratic and inappropriate behaviour meant that he was not well liked,...Show More

1:01:19 | May 27th, 2018

Living in an isoalted area is never easy. Its even more frightening when you're and elderly farmer living on his own, certain that there are people scoping out your home for break-ins. Add that to high - profile incidents of violent robberies across ...Show More

1:03:47 | May 13th, 2018

In the second and final episode of the story of Harold Shipman, we find out how the police went about investigating his murders. A suspicious will led to questions regarding prominent citizen, Kathleen Grundy's death and the exhumation of her body. A...Show More

1:14:45 | Apr 29th, 2018

Harold Frederick Shipman was born near Nottingham in 1946. While attending the prestigious grammar school, High Pavement,  he took care of his ailing mother and was there when she passed away quietly from incurable cancer. His was deeply affected by ...Show More

1:10:19 | Apr 15th, 2018

Dublin: 1997. Three women occupy number 1 Orchard View, an assisted living facility for former patients of the nearby St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital. On the night of March 6th of that year, two of the women, Sylvia Sheils and Mary Callanan, were b...Show More

1:10:06 | Apr 1st, 2018

 Shan Mohangi arrived in Dublin in 1962 from South Africa. He was 21 years old and had left his home country due to the limited opportunities afforded by the apartheid regime to people of colour in his country at the time. Like many who travelled to ...Show More

55:32 | Mar 18th, 2018

 As spring changed to summer in London 1993, a man stalked his prey at the Coleherne Pub in Earls Court. He targeted gay men, particularly those interested in BDSM, as he knew that they were a vulnerable group with poor relations with the policing au...Show More

57:32 | Mar 4th, 2018

 Tia Sharp was 12 years old in the summer of 2012, and the Olympics had come to her city, London. She was a carefree and bubbly young girl and was close with her family. Which is why it was so surprising when she went missing from her grandmothers ho...Show More

48:56 | Feb 18th, 2018

In the second and final instalment of the Black Widow story, the Gardai ramp up their investigation into her, and she is finally charged with the murder of her husband, and conspiracy to commit murder. The trial took place in 2000, and lasted a whopp...Show More

51:26 | Feb 4th, 2018

The weekend of St Patrick’s Day, 1996, Tom Nevin was found lying dead from a gunshot wound to the chest in the kitchen of his pub, Jack White’s in the popular seaside town of Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow.  His wife, Catherine, had sounded the alarm and wh...Show More

58:06 | Jan 21st, 2018

In rural 1940’s Ireland, Moll McCarthy lived an unconventional life, having a number of children out of wedlock and living with them in a small cottage near New Inn, Co. Tipperary. Harry Gleeson was the manager of a nearby farm, and when Moll was fou...Show More

55:23 | Jan 7th, 2018

Farah Swaleh Noor was an apparent Somalian refugee to Ireland and disappeared on the 20th March 2005. Later that month, and unidentified male body was pulled from the Royal Canal on Dublin city’s north side in pieces which had been dumped in black pl...Show More

51:24 | Sep 10th, 2017

Brendan O’Donnell was a troubled and clingy child. After the death of his mother, he displayed violent tendencies. Rather than making his way into the mental health services and getting treatment, he found himself in detention centres for delinquent ...Show More

40:46 | Aug 24th, 2017

In the final episode of the Beast of Birkenshaw series, Peter Manuel takes over his own defence. He finds many people to place the blame on for his many crimes, and explains how evidence managed to disappear from the crime scenes. He takes the stand ...Show More

38:49 | Aug 22nd, 2017

William Watt leaving the High Court in Glasgow on a stretcher, from which he gave evidence. In the second part of our series covering Peter Manuel, the Beast of Birkenshaw, his trial begins. This time, we tell the story of the witnesses, who all weav...Show More

40:54 | Aug 20th, 2017

“Mary had a little cat She used to call him Daniel, Then she found it killed six mice And now she calls him Manuel”   Peter Manuel was born in New York in 1927, to Scottish Parents Samuel and Brigit. The family returned to Lanarkshire, Scotland in 19...Show More

39:29 | Jul 23rd, 2017

In October of 2004, Rachel O’Reilly was brutally attacked in her North County Dublin home. Initially, the Gardai treated the crime as a burglary gone wrong, but soon it became clear that this was no random attack. Her husband, Joe O’Reilly, appeared ...Show More

36:03 | Jul 9th, 2017

In the years immediately following the war in a still bomb-ravaged London, people were going missing. A few letters sent to their families reassured that all was well. But when 69 year old Olive Durand-Deacon went missing from her residential hotel, ...Show More

39:34 | Jun 25th, 2017

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a french writer and documentarian, who owned a secluded holiday home in the picturesque west Cork town of Schull. Days before Christmas 1996, she was found savagely murdered in the lane way leading to her house. The case...Show More

38:30 | Jun 9th, 2017

In January of 1993, James Bulger was a month away from his third birthday when he disappeared from his mothers sight in a shopping mall. This was no regular, tragic child abduction however, as the perpetrators were children themselves. Theme music “I...Show More

38:12 | Jun 2nd, 2017

In this, the premiere episode of the Mens Rea Podcast, we take a look at one of the most shocking crimes that captivated Ireland in recent years. Elaine O’Hara was a troubled woman who disappeared in 2012 and was presumed to have committed suicide. A...Show More